Brains have no habits.People have habits.
Without input from your senses, for example, you quickly become disoriented and prey to fears and delusions as your brain is going to simulate stimuli.
The question of how to teach yourself good and healthy habits has long been a concern for man.For two reasons:
- What are good and healthy habits and
- How do you make that own.
That is the subject of virtue ethics and as such part of the Quest for wisdom, philosophy.
If I interpret the question correctly, it is: what mental techniques are there to influence behavior (in a positive sense, but that comes later).
There is a billions of industries that are concerned with that question.Who is adorned himself with the names: marketing, public relations, advertising. They continually investigate the effectiveness of their interventions. The most frequently used instruments are
- Exposure, repeat a message time and time again at times and places that people cannot evade themselves.
- Positive Association.
Bring the message so that people get the feeling of being part of something beautiful. So no ugly old people in your audience expressions and only perfect apples on the picture.
An unexpected twist, a funny angle, a droll messenger hold attention and help to impress the message.
White coats, statistics, health claims, but also BN-ers as carriers of the message.
Responding to fear of illness, decay, poverty, death, insignificance, loneliness, exclusion.
I think that is the most important thing.All gurus, politicians, soap sellers, banks and insurances make use of it. Universities just as good as the greengrocer on the corner, or yourself, if you want to sell your house or car. Bake an apple pie, clean up the house, point out the safety features of your car and put it at its most beautiful on a photo.
A bit outside the scope of the advertisement, but for behavioural influence actually the first two means: rewarding good and punishing negative behaviour.
How does that help to acquire or strengthen virtues?
Well, in essence it is about repetition and inprenting, positive associations and rewarding yourself, don’t make it too heavy, laugh at yourself if it fails and just start again, look for what it brings you and what visible benefits you have in long and short term from H EBT and also what is more likely to have negative consequences if you don’t.
According to Aristotle, it is all a matter of balance.Between resting and being active, between wasteful and stingy, between being curious and indifferent, between being overactive and inertia, and so on.
And, thus, his conviction, a virtuous man, you become by continually virtuous to behave.By forcing yourself again and again on the right path, until it is so ingrained in your behaviour that it goes without saying. That it becomes weird to go outside the groove of longevity, honesty, temperance and empathy. Then you’ve scratched those good habits into your character. Scratches and character are related to each other as words.